Adam J. Levitt
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Title: Director

Phone: (312) 214-0000

E-mail: alevitt@gelaw.com

Education:

Northwestern University School of Law, J.D. (1993)

Columbia College, Columbia University A.B., magna cum laude (1990)

Admissions:

Illinois, New York, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of CO, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of IL, U.S. District Court for the Central District of IL, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of IL, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of IN, U.S. District Court for the District of NE, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of TX, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of TX

Biography

Adam J. Levitt is a director at Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. and leads the Firm's Consumer Practice Group. He specializes in complex commercial litigation, class action, and mass tort litigation in the areas of consumer protection, antitrust, securities, technology, and agricultural law. Mr. Levitt served as co-lead counsel in two of the largest agricultural and biotechnology class actions in recent years, recovering more than $1 billion in damages for the plaintiffs: In re Genetically Modified Rice Litigation, in which Mr. Levitt has obtained settlements exceeding $900 million on behalf of long-grain rice producers and others who suffered losses resulting from contamination of the U.S. rice supply with unapproved, genetically modified seeds; and In re StarLink Corn Products Liability Litigation, where he recovered $110 million on behalf of farmers who sustained market losses on their corn crops arising from contamination of the U.S. corn supply with genetically-modified StarLink corn.

Mr. Levitt is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been recognized in Illinois Super Lawyers for the past several years, acknowledged by Lawdragon as one of the leading lawyers in America, and has been named "Litigator of the Week" by American Lawyer Magazine.

With one of the country's leading consumer litigation practices, Mr. Levitt has successfully served as counsel in numerous class and complex litigation cases at both the state and federal courts, as well as on the trial and appellate court levels. His current cases include several notable consumer actions: In re Honey Transshipping Litigation; In re Porsche Cars North America Inc., Plastic Coolant Tubes Product Liability Litigation; In re Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Litigation; Belville v. Ford Motor Company; In Re: Dial Complete Marketing and Sales Litigation; and In re Wesson Oil Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation.

Mr. Levitt serves as President of the Class Action Trial Lawyers, a division of the National Trial Lawyers, of which he is an Executive Committee Member. Since 2005, Mr. Levitt has served as an elected member of the American Law Institute and a member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Levitt sits on the Board of Advisors for the Chicago chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. In 2013, he became an Advisory Board Member of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies. Mr. Levitt is also a peer reviewer of articles submitted to AAJ's Trial magazine.

Mr. Levitt has authored numerous articles on class action litigation and consumer protection; his most recent publications include:

"Fees Obliterate Managed Futures Fund Profits," Financial Advisor, 2014; "Calculating Damages in Securities Class Actions," TRIAL, Vol. 49, No. 6; "The Role and Function of Corporate Representatives at Trial," The Trial Lawyer, Vol. II, No. IV; "Multidistrict Litigation Practice: The Function and Shifting Focus of the JPML in Class Action and Other 'Bet the Company' Litigation," a chapter from Straight from the Top: Case Studies in the World of Litigation; "Sticky Situations in Mass Tort Settlements," TRIAL, Vol. 48, No. 11; "CAFA and Federalized Ambiguity: The Case for Discretion in the Unpredictable Class Action," 120 Yale L.J. Online 233 (2011); "Taming the Metadata Beast," New York Law Journal.

In addition to his writings, Mr. Levitt is a frequent speaker on topics of consumer protection, multi-district litigation, biotechnology, corporate governance, securities litigation, and Internet privacy. Mr. Levitt has also testified before the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee on class action practice and related issues. In addition to chairing Law Seminars International's "Litigating Class Actions" annual conference in Chicago, Mr. Levitt's recent speaking engagements include:

  • "Recent Developments in Class Action Settlement Jurisprudence," American Association for Justice, 2013 Annual Convention;
  • "Manifestation of Defect That Causes Actual Injury in Economic Defect Related Class Actions," 2013 National Consumer Class Action Litigation & Management Conference;
  • "Disaster Averted, Mass Tort Resolved - Settling Mass Tort Disaster Cases," American Bar Association, Section of Litigation Annual Conference;
  • "Current Trends in Consumer Litigation," Grant & Eisenhofer Consumer Litigation Breakfast Briefing;
  • "Consumer Class Actions in a Post-Concepcion World," The Shifting Landscape of Class Litigation;
  • "Deposing the Corporate Machine: How to Win Against the Best-Schooled Corporate Executive," Trial Skills Retreat: Empowering Witnesses Conference by 360 Advocacy Institute;
  • "Fighting the Class Action Battle: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Filing the Class Certification Motion," Trial Lawyers Summit;
  • "The JPML's 1404/1407 Shift and the End of Reflexive Transfer," Aggregate Litigation After Class Actions Conference of Law Seminars International;
  • "Trial Lawyers and Class Actions: Protecting Consumers and Elevating Your Practice," Trial Lawyers Summit;
  • "Lead Plaintiff 'Pickoffs', Offers of Judgment, Moving to Dismiss Class Allegations, and Other Early Attacks on the Class Process," Litigating Class Actions Conference of Law Seminars International;
  • "MERS Litigation: Justice for Illinois Counties," Illinois Association of County Clerks & Recorders Annual Conference;
  • "Class Actions in Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Litigation," HarrisMartin TVM/Actos Litigation Conference.

Mr. Levitt graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in 1990 and received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1993.